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In June, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates broke off diplomatic relations and communication with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Al Jubeir said during his meeting with the french minister he discussed bilateral relations, efforts to combat terrorism and extremism, and other regional and worldwide issues.

The countries all ties with Qatar last month, alleging that it supports Islamist militant groups, a charge Qatar has denied.

According to the agency, al-Bashir on Tuesday "will head to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on a three-day visit to hold discussions with his brother the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman".

Other demands include shutting down Qatar's flagship Al-Jazeera network, cubring ties with Iran and expelling Turkish troops stationed in Qatar.

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The French foreign minister has supported Kuwait as a mediator in the Gulf crisis, which he said should be resolved "by the Gulf countries themselves".

The six Arab countries who last month cut ties with Qatar are reported to have written to world soccer's governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association to demand it be stripped of hosting the 2022 World Cup because they consider the Gulf state to be a "base of terrorism". Qatar has rejected the demands, saying they undermine its sovereignty. Most proposals for a solution deal with the crisis in this context.

Despite the blockade by the four Arab countries, life has not been impacted significantly in Qatar.

The United Arab Emirates' (UAE) State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash has underlined that the crisis is expected to flare up in the near future.

There have been allegations that Qatar has used virtual slave labor to build the stadiums where the games will be played.

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The signing of an agreement by the USA and Qatar last Wednesday on tackling funding terrorism could hardly please the countries which have boycotted Qatar.

Qatar invited companies to bid on the project a year ago, before the Saudi-led trade boycott against Qatar that began in June.

On July 11, USA and Qatar signed an agreement to help combat "terrorism financing".

However, the four Arab powers have said the memorandum fell short of allaying their concerns, that their sanctions would remain in place until Doha meets their demands and that they would keep a close eye on Qatar's efforts to fight terrorism funding.

Ultimately, FIFA will want to take a decision on the merits of Qatar's ability to deliver a safe, secure and well managed World Cup rather than based on political arguments, many of which have yet to be substantiated.

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